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NATPE 2005 … a different vibe

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We are living in interesting times and nowhere is the effect of change more evident than here in Las Vegas at the 2005 NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) convention.   The highly conglomerated syndication business is represented.  But as one high-ranking executive of Columbia Tri-Star told me, “… we’ve had to learn how […]

Ted Turner

Ted Turner at NATPE … a keynote to remember

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You just never know what Ted Turner is going to say. Today, he was into world politics and mentioned that “… several thousand unguarded nuclear warheads posed the biggest threat to our safety. Voting for the AOL/Time Warner merger was the biggest mistake he ever made. The $1,000 Social Security check he receives from the […]

Les Paul

Les Paul on Ethernet

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Two particle physicists are sitting at a bar discussing string theory.  Two guitarists are sitting close enough to overhear the conversation and one says to the other, “So … What kind of strings do you use?”   Dumb guitarist jokes are going to have to be rewritten now that Gibson is finally going to add […]

Sony

Is Sony finally ready to play?

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Since Steve Jobs introduced the iPod, I have been rhetorically asking my clients, “… can you tell me why the number one consumer music product is now manufactured by a computer company and the number one consumer electronics company isn’t even in the game?”  My answer was validated in the following article.  Let’s hope that […]

Cablevision

Voom … did you see that?

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The NY Post Reports: In a rare blow for Cablevision patriarch Chuck Dolan, the company announced last night that it had entered a deal to sell its Voom satellite business to Charlie Ergen’s EchoStar for $200 million. Voom — part of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media unit — had been Dolan’s pet project, but twice in recent […]